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About Permanently Closed - East End Kitchen

This restaurant is permanently closed.

East End Kitchen in New York, NY is a bistro with an impressive menu of standards as well as a few dishes you won't find anywhere else. Soup is made fresh every day, and you can also enjoy salads like black mission fig, roasted beet or organic quinoa. The restaurant has a variety of sandwiches and wraps like the grilled vegetable and goat cheese, East End Kitchen BLT featuring apple wood bacon and the crab cake burger. Omelets and quiches are also available.

Dinner at East End Kitchen might be seared duck breast, grilled pork 'n peaches, blackened shrimp angel hair pasta or baby lamb chops. You can also enjoy sandwiches, sliders, taquitos, salads and more in the bar area.

539 E 81st Street
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
York Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 879-0450

Website:
http://eastendkitchennyc.com/

Parking Details:
6 to 77th Street; 4,5,6 to 86th street. M79 on 79th Street to York Avenue.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

East End Kitchen - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

3.7

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (811)
Great for Brunch (395)
Fit for Foodies (360)
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Kid-friendly (277)
Good for Groups (258)
Great for Lunch (231)
Special Occasion (79)
Romantic (75)
Vibrant Bar Scene (44)
Notable Wine List (34)
Hot Spot (28)
Late-night Find (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2016

I took my friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday. There was one person, serving as both the waitress and the bartender their to handle the whole lunch. There was a 10-12 person table that sat down as we did. The waitress was very nice but her being the only person for all the tables and drinks was too much to ask of her. She did the best she could but we had to wait for the menu, wait for our order to be taken and wait too long for our food. It dimmed the specialness of taking my friend out for her birthday. So, hard to recommend East End Kitchen again, wish it weren't so.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2016

I have eaten here many times. The food is always great. However our waitress was rude this time. Even the people at the table next to us commented on how rude she was to them as well. Unacceptable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Great crispy artichoke dish. Sad this place closed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2016

I live about 5 blocks away (which, in New York speak, is a totally different neighborhood), but I am always happy to do the walk to East End Kitchen. The waitstaff is friendly and the food is wonderful every time. I brought an aunt from Staten Island who eats mostly organic and, on a different night, friends from the deep south. All loved the cuisine and the restaurant choice made me look like a rock star! Thanks East End Kitchen :-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Excellent service and ambience. Great neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Older crowd. Good food but portions on smaller side. Decor nice but simple.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on May 14, 2016

We stayed in a friend's condo and stumbled across this neighborhood bistro while exploring. We only had two criteria: 1) close to where we were staying and 2) decent menu. We got so much more.

We both had scallops, which were exceptional. Service was amazing even though one waiter called out.

Would recommend it and would return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Kitchen couldn't handle the small amount of diners that they had for Mother's Day dinner. Waited over an hour to get appetizers...horrible experience! Food ok. Don't go there!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

As the title is captioned. A lot of potential for what appears to be a cozy neighbor spot.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2016

East End Kitchen is the only place in the neighborhood -- and so we go there from time to time. There was a new bartender who couldn't get anything right last time -- seriously, he couldn't make a vodka and tonic that tasted even close to right -- so we stuck to wine. And the servers are simply inept. They are obsequious in offering to help, but then don't follow through. The restaurant doesn't put salt/pepper on the table, and all three tables in our vicinity wanted some, requiring the waiter to repeatedly look for the shakers. The restaurant has been out of the same items (including barbecue beef) the last three times we were there. This place is on the line between succeeding and going out of business. No one would ever go out of his/her way to go here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 13, 2016

We went here for my moms bday celebration. The service was lovely, the food options were perfect and the noise level was perfect for a group that varied in ages (20s, 50s, 70s). The food was so yummy. We all left feeling very happy and satisfied.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2016

I enjoy eating in the bar area. They have a separate bar menu with dishes you can not get in the main dining room. Food is consistent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Awesome ambiance and service for friends and family fun dinner!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Great ambience and food and service! It is my go to place in the neighborhood whenever I have friends coming my way. .. ... now my friends ask to come "my way" so we go to EEK!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2016

Great neighborhood restaurants. One of very few places with a FABULOUS char grilled hamburger!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2016

My three friends live in the neighborhood but had never been to this restaurant. They were very very pleased with the food choices and the half off bottle of a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc. Three of us had the organic chicken breast which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The side dishes were simple but delicious. The other friend had the lamb chops and she is a very picky eater but loved her dinner and loved the restaurant. My one small complaint is that the hot fudge sundae had all the sauce and walnuts on the bottom of the dish so you had to dig through the plain ice cream in order to get any sauce on your spoon. Also the whipped cream tasted a little fake to me. But all in all we had a wonderful dinner in a very pleasant, lively, and comfortable atmosphere. For a very rainy, windy Tuesday night, the place was full. This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. I really appreciate their making good effort to use some organic ingredients.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2016

I'd had a good previous experience so went back with friends who had never been to the restaurant. Not only did we wait a long time for our main course but when the dishes arrived, they were a real disappointment. My friend's scallop main was stingy on the scallops and also looked like they didn't have enough cauliflower for the dish. The skin of my blackened chicken was slithery rather than crispy. To be fair, I think they may have been short on the kitchen staff but I'd think twice about venturing back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2016

Great new menu with some of the classics I love !

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2016

We came for brunch on Sunday with four friends. One friend and I had the chicken Cobb Salad which was good but kind of crowded into its little bowl. However, the grilled chicken was delicious, the egg a bit overcooked, the lemon dressing very nice. A piece of bread on the side would have been nice. Two of our friends had sandwiches and I thought it was odd that the crusts were cut off. They said they liked them. My husband had the pancakes which he enjoyed however his side order of bacon never arrived and I forgot to check the bill to see if we were charged for it. My friend's burger (pasture-raised although previously the restaurant advertised it as grass-fed) arrived rare, as ordered and she said she enjoyed it. The fries were a little pale and soggy. A side order of mac and cheese seemed more like pasta Alfredo, its sauce being very liquidy. Those who ate it said it was tasty though. As are most brunch scenes on the Upper East Side on Sundays, the place was very crowded and busy but our server got all the orders right and was very pleasant and attentive. The place itself feels like a country restaurant. I enjoy it more for dinner and their 1 + 3 main courses are a favorite of mine - you get to pick from one of the simply grilled proteins (organic chicken is my favorite) then select three side dishes from the menu. Very nice especially for picky eaters. East End Kitchen is a great addition to the neighborhood scene. There are very few simply American restaurants that are as pretty and nice and friendly and reasonable and offer as many choices as East End Kitchen.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We go here 2 or so per month and never leave disappointed with the food or atmosphere. Truly a neighborhood find. However, all this comes with horrible service. The wait staff is just off - each person's entree arrives several minutes apart, salads to share are brought without serving spoons and then it takes 10 minutes to find the waiter to bring them, asking for the check is an endless hunt to get the attention of the waiter; and they always seem to be out of at least three menu items. We've never seen a manager; everyone just appears to be on their own. The owner really needs to overhaul how the room is managed. It's a shame because the food is excellent, well priced and the space is lovely. All on the far reaches of the upper east side

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Food was really good. Service a little slow. Good wine. Good dessert. Very nice dining experience. We shall return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2016

We love East End Kitchen, but last Sunday was a disaster. Our server was vey inexperienced, kept us waiting to take our drink orders, so we ordered everything at once, and even though I went over my order, I got the wrong thing. We're is the old staff?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2015

I don't cook. Eat out all the time. Best place on the UES when you're waaaay east.
If the description on the menu sound delicious, it is.
Well definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2015

I live around the corner from East End Kitchen and it is the go-to place for a nice weekday lunch or a drink at the bar. Excellent menu and service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2015

Our dishes -- scallops and duck breast -- were excellent. Service is always very good, but felt a bit perfunctory this time out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2015

We have eaten here a number of times in the past year. The food is always very good, the service is friendly, but usually slow and a bit lacking if the room is at all crowded. But it is very nice to have this in the neighborhood and we definitely will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2015

East End Kitchen is truly a neighborhood gem. You can't beat EEK for very good food, attractive surroundings and reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Stopped here for brunch with family on a Saturday morning. I had family in town visiting so I made a reservation here when they opened at 11 AM. When we first walked in, the place was completely empty and the door was wide open -- right around 11 AM when they open. The staff just stared at us and didn't say anything so we went back outside and waited a few minutes until it was time for our reservation. The food was great and our server was very attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meals though I got the shrimp and grits which was far too rich and had minimal flavor. Definitely want to try again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2015

EEK proved again that it truly is a neighborhood gem. Great, affordable food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2015

Truly a Family Thanksgiving dinner disappointment ... So many reasons from cold corn bread served with paper on it, stuffing that wasn't close to tasting like stuffing, to cranberry sauce in a sampling size dish, to having to pay extra for a cup of coffee to being served ice cold apple pie ... To the price paid for the family ... The only good thing was the waiter ... What a disappointment. This is the first negative review I have ever given towards a restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2015

Our visit was an extremely rare disappointment. It took over half an hour to get our appetizers (soup and a salad). The food was generally very good except one of our party got lamb chops which were far too rare.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2015

We enjoyed the dinner. Found the noise level high so that it was not easy to have a conversation.
Would return another time as the food and service were good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2015

We had a much better experience last time we were there. Perhaps the full house threw things off or perhaps there was a different chef?
Will go back since we had such a good experience last time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2015

With comfortable room between the tables, attentive service, and a surprisingly diverse menu, this restaurant is probably a neighborhood favorite, but for us, it could have become a destination restaurant. We were there on a Monday. If someone is into mussels (we're not), Wednesday is mussel day with all kinds of choices, but I had a roast chicken dish, and at the table was fish and meat and great salads and everyone was satisfied.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2015

A 9 PM reservation for 4 and they sat us in the back near the kitchen. We passed several empty tables on our way to the back. Before we even sat down we had to move out of the way for the waiter. Water no ice, and stale bread. Waiter was so animated it was obvious he was acting. He came to tell us the specials except that HE ran out of all of HIS special trout tonight because a table of 10 ordered all of the last of his fresh fish tonite. So obnoxious.
BY 9:30 this restaurant was almost empty and it was obvious everyone wanted to go home because we were rushed. Busboys and waiter hung around our table removing things like the bread plates as soon as one of us was finished eating. My pork had so much sauce on it that I did not realized it was cooked to a rare to medium rare. Augh! Sent it back but by the time I got it back I was the only one eating. No doggie bag thanks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2015

The food was very good but our waiter had a bit of an attitude that got old very quickly. I would definitely go back but would make sure I had a different waiter. Also, if you're looking for a quiet romantic spot where you can talk, this isn't the place, as there is no soft surface anywhere to absorb sound, so it can get rather noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2015

We've been to this place over dozen times. It's pleasant. The food varies from excellent to poor, as if the chef, or person hired to cook, changes daily. The menu includes a good range of options, like hamburgers and omelettes, along with more expensive and fancier items - like duck and fish - that are usually prepared nicely. The salads are good when the lettuce is fresh and clean. The potatoes, I suspect, are loaded with butter, and tasty. The drinks are good and reasonable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2015

One of my favorite places to go with a friend to catch up! Country sophisticated casual feel...go see for yourself!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Delicious food! Everything came out hot and fresh. We tried the salmon, steak, and seared tuna and everyone was happy with their meals!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Had a great time with a group of six for brunch. Waitress was accommodating, food was delicious, and the ambiance was lovely. Definitely would recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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